Mario Torrado

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PURPOSE To characterize properties of Pdlim2, a novel PDZ and LIM domain-containing protein. METHODS cDNA encoding Pdlim2 was identified in a cDNA library of transcripts expressed in the tissues of the rat eye irido-corneal angle. The expression pattern of the Pdlim2 gene was studied by Northern blot analysis and in situ hybridization. Proteins(More)
We suggested that sexual differentiation of the reproductive system in gonochoric species of invertebrates can be characterized by common molecular mechanisms in spite of high morphological divergences of reproductive tract organs in different animal groups. The present study focused on this problem and report our observations on biochemical characteristics(More)
We have addressed the question of sexual reproductive tissue dimorphism in bivalve molluscs, Mytilus galloprovincialis Lmk, which is a stable gonochoric species although with no apparent differences in gonad morphology of both sexes. At all periods of the annual cycle the proteins specific of male/female gonads were identified. One of these proteins,(More)
Despite the importance of MYOC for glaucoma, the protein's normal function(s) and the pathogenic mechanism(s) of MYOC mutations are not clear. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) and glaucoma are sometimes induced by corticosteroids, and corticosteroid use can result in substantially increased MYOC expression. It has been suggested, therefore, that(More)
It has been suggested that the cardiac ankyrin repeat domain 1 protein (ANKRD1), also known as CARP, can play a pathophysiological role in the contractile responsiveness of myocardium. Here, we study the potential functional roles of ANKRD1 by searching for endogenous cardiac proteins that interact preferentially with ANKRD1 in the heart-tissue extract from(More)
Mutations in the MYOC gene may lead to juvenile open-angle glaucoma with high intraocular pressure, and are detected in about 4% of people with adult onset glaucoma. Most of these mutations are found in the third exon of the gene encoding the olfactomedin-like domain located at the C terminus of the protein. Another olfactomedin-related protein, known as(More)
It has been proposed that the ankyrin repeat domain 1 (ANKRD1) factor (also known as CARP) plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation, myofibrillar assembly and stretch sensing during heart development and cardiac insults. ANKRD1/CARP has also been reported to negatively regulate cardiac gene expression in cell-based promoter-reporter assays.(More)
Mytilus mussels are characterized by annually repeated reproduction which is associated with subsequent growth, morphogenesis, breakdown and redevelopment of the gonad and reproductive tract into mantle mesenchyme. We present a description of the expression of the male-associated polypeptide (MAP; see Mikhailov et al. 1995) in different compartments of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Cardiac ankyrin repeat protein (CARP), whose expression is down-regulated in response to doxorubicin (Dox) in vitro, has been proposed to be a marker of experimentally-induced cardiac hypertrophy in rodent models. In piglets, the rapid hypertrophy rate of the left ventricle (LV) as compared to that of the right ventricle (RV) represents a(More)